Breakout Players From 2020: Specialist

(Photo Courtesy of Loyola Athletics)

The 2020 college lacrosse season is over just five weeks into the season due to the Coronavirus outbreak. But that doesn’t mean that we still don’t have great memories from this season, which now feels lost. 

Over the next few weeks, Lacrosse Bucket will be highlighting some of the greatest things from the 2020 college lacrosse season, including players, teams, and more. Here are some of the best breakout players from the 2020 season at the faceoff and goalie positions. 

*Note: This list will not include freshmen. We will have a separate list looking at some of the best freshmen from this past season.*

Wyatt Schupler, Goalie, Army

After being a backup in 2019, the Ponte Vedra, Fla. native impressed many across the college lacrosse world with his play in net for the Black Knights as a first-year starter in 2020. Schupler made 82 saves with a .617 save percentage through eight games in 2020. He ended the season ranked fourth in DI in save percentage. 

Toby Burgdorf, Goalie, Providence

The junior was thrust into a starting role this season and thrived. In just six games, Burgdorf made 81 saves with .628 save percentage. The Westfield. N.J. native ended the season as the second-ranked goalie in DI in save percentage. 

Sam Shafer, Goalie, Loyola

After seeing action in just three games prior to the 2020 season, Shafer got the starting nod for the Greyhounds this season. The Rowayton, Conn. native made 60 saves with a .571 save percentage this past season and ranked as the 13th best goalie in terms of save percentage. 

Renz Conlon, Faceoff, Stony Brook

A transfer from DII Franklin Pierce, Conlon made an immediate impact upon his arrival at Stony Brook. He won 87 faceoffs with a .537 faceoff win percentage. The Rocky Point, N.Y. native scored two goals in seven games for the Seawolves, as well. 

Jordan Ginder, Faceoff, Duke

Used primarily as a reserve faceoff man for the Blue Devils in 2019, the sophomore was thrust into the spotlight as Duke’s primary faceoff man this season. Ginder won 99 faceoffs with a .593 win percentage in 2020. 

Iam Groom, Faceoff, Hampton

The sophomore was, arguably, the biggest impact player for the Pirates this season. After a solid 2019 campaign, Groom gained even more attention this season as he went 87-for-67 overall through six games. He won .565 percent of his draws this season, also.

 

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